When you’re looking for a rehab center, the amenities are key selling points after seeing the core service and program offered. These will vary depending on the facility you’re looking at and the budget you have, with cheaper rehab centers offering fewer amenities and the more premium facilities providing the likes of spa treatments, chef-made meals, luxury accommodations and more. The idea is that the more comfortable facility and the addition of relaxing recreations will help the patients cope with their treatment and stay with the program until completion.
It should be noted though that these additional facilities are very much a supplement to the core program, rather than the core of what will make someone successfully quit an addictive substance. Things, like learning how to handle cravings, how to spot a trigger, and developing coping skills, are what will help someone from relapsing in the long term. If you don’t have the budget to get into a luxury rehab center, you shouldn’t worry. While those spa treatments and tennis courts are useful, they aren’t everything and don’t directly treat the issue at hand.
If you’re using insurance to pay for rehab, for example, it may be that there needs to be some scientific evidence for it for the insurance to cover the treatment. If this is the case, it’s unlikely that massages and additional alternative therapies won’t be included. While this is true, some treatment options and amenities in rehab can help. Acupuncture is a well-used treatment for many ailments and can help with sore muscles, relaxation, and pain management. This may be particularly relevant during a difficult withdrawal phase, where the body is aching and in pain. Acupuncture uses very fine needles that are inserted into the skin in specific areas of the body that are associated with healing and easing the pain.
In a similar vein, massage therapy may be useful. This is when the muscles are rubbed with the fingers and palms to ease tension in the body. Again, this will help to lower pain and discomfort and has relaxing effects that may make the rehab process easier to deal with. Yoga and meditation focus on the body and then the mind, and are often used together. Yoga teaches slow stretching and strengthening of the body while being mindful of the movements and learning to focus the mind. This is specifically trained during meditation, which can be a useful technique to deal with craving and pain. The process teaches us to detach from the craving and watch feelings come and go, without being attached to them. This can be a difficult practice but, in time, can be very useful to identify when a craving has started, or when a relapse has been triggered.
Finally, nutritional support can be beneficial when going through a rehab center. By ensuring the food you’re eating is supporting the therapy, you’re giving yourself an additional layer of protection against the adverse side effects.